Creating circular economies in the Hunter and Central Coast


Aug 1, 2019

Creating circular economies in the Hunter and Central Coast

Aug 1, 2019

Media release

NSW Circular is partnering with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) to help Central Coast and Hunter businesses develop local circular economy solutions.

They are hosting an event on 7 August for over 150 leading local business leaders and other industry, government and research representatives to develop more sustainable operations and to reduce waste, which in many cases can be used as a resource for manufacturing.

Waste scientist and engineer, UNSW Sydney Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network, a new State Government initiative, will headline the event which will showcase best practices in sustainability while helping businesses grow and create more jobs.

“We are aiming to facilitate market-based solutions to the opportunities and challenges faced in efficiently managing our materials, supplies and waste and we will be looking for pilot projects to create new pathways and outcomes,” said Veena, who will deliver a keynote presentation.

AMGC National Director of Industry, Michael Sharpe, will then facilitate a discussion on ‘The path to a circular economy’ with leading business and not-for-profit representatives to learn about best practices and identify new local circular economy solutions. Panellists include:

  • Professor Veena Sahajwalla – Director, NSW Circular
  • Ashley Brinson – Co-director, NSW Circular
  • Debbie Hambly – Project Manager, Milk Bottle Collective
  • Ian Hudson – Deputy Director, Industry Capability Network
  • Tim Askew – Regional Project Manager, Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils
  • Marta Fernandes – Technical and Quality Manager, Nespresso
  • Brooke Donnelly – CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)
  • Paul Klymenko – CEO, Planet Ark
  • Nishi Vissamraju – National Environmental Sustainability Advisor, Transport and Infrastructure, Downer Group
  • Jodi Boylan – Executive Producer ‘The War on Waste’ (Lune Media)

Mr Sharpe said: “Hunter and Central Coast businesses are already some of the most innovative in Australia and with this event we hope to share some of those examples to develop more circular economy solutions. The manufacturing sector plays a critical role in this area which is resulting in more efficient business operations and economic growth.”

“We will learn from some of the biggest and most dynamic business leaders in the country to understand how a circular approach can be incorporated into local supply chains and deliver greater economic, social and environmental benefits.”

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